The Queen will officially open the new Terminal 2 on 23 June 2014. The previous Terminal 2, which in 1955 was opened by Her Majesty was razed after 54 years of service. Known as the Europa Building it was Heathrow’s first terminal.
The Queen has had a long association with Heathrow Airport over the years. Sadly starting with the death of her father in 1952. The former Princess Elizabeth returned to Heathrow as Queen Elizabeth II, after her father, George VI, died whilst she was touring Kenya with The Duke of Edinburgh.
In 1955 The Queen opened the first passenger terminal known then as the Europa Building. It later would be named Terminal 2. She also opened the Queen’s Building and the airport’s original control tower that same year.
Her Majesty formally inaugurated Terminal 1 in 1969. Eight years later, The Queen unveiled the London Underground connection between central London and Heathrow in 1977. This was the first connection of a city capital to a major airport. In 2008 Her Majesty opened Terminal 5.
To celebrate the Diamond Jubilee a huge Union Flag with a picture of Queen Elizabeth II was painted next to Heathrow’s northern runway in 2012.
In 2013 The Queen consented to have Heathrow’s new Terminal 2 named ‘Terminal 2: The Queen’s Terminal’ in her honour.
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